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Sep 9, 2013
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Hello. I must apologize again. I am not the best at responding, it seems I can go years, months, weeks, days before I actually get around to my correspondence. Letters always seem so last on the to do list, and no matter how many times I put them at the top, more pressing matters always push them back to the bottom….

I finished Full Dark, No Stars a few months ago.... Harsh doesn't do this collection justice. The stories went in under my skin and then weaseled their way into my head - to the point where I was scared for a few weeks. Putting my reaction into words, I believe I can sum it up this way: Truths within scare without prejudice.

Outside of the fear, there were things that struck me. One thing that I found interesting is that
Willy's wife went in the well ("1922"), as did Dolores's husband (Dolores Claiborne). Burying the alcoholic in a well, no matter how many times, always hits me in my core.
The other thing that I noticed is that dates of both my anniversary and my birthday (not the years, but the months/days) were mentioned - I am not sure which stories, and I am too scared to go back through and find them. But by the time I got to "A Good Marriage" those dates haunted me too much, but worth it because my marriage is stronger today.

And as I sit here, with eyes blinded by the light, I realize I may never recover from the dark. Please warn me next time, so I can bring me a flashlight. I don't know if I could survive another trip down there without it.

Sincerely,

Constant Reader
Deanna Repose Oaks
 
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FlakeNoir

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#2
Hi Deanna, I found 'FDNS' quite tough going for a couple of reasons too. Steve is very good at getting right in there to the core of it all and digging until he hits the pain well-spring. He often gives us a ladder back out, but sometimes he just writes like real life happens... no stars, no shining light. He does know people.

Good to have you back with us. :)
 

Neesy

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May 24, 2012
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#8
'Full Dark' as a descriptive term occurs in almost all SK's books. Never indulgently I feel, more as a little Easter egg for the constant readers.
This book however takes you to the darkest dark and leaves you there screaming. Brilliant stuff.
Welcome to the newest version of SKMB @scheuerle - cool avatar!
 

Brittney

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Apr 9, 2018
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Hi Deanna, I found 'FDNS' quite tough going for a couple of reasons too. Steve is very good at getting right in there to the core of it all and digging until he hits the pain well-spring. He often gives us a ladder back out, but sometimes he just writes like real life happens... no stars, no shining light. He does know people.

Good to have you back with us. :)
Well said!
 
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